Research continues to try to find the five French tourists missing in northern Quebec, after a snowmobile accident that left one person dead on Tuesday evening.
Among the missing is the father of biathlete Fabien Claude, Gilles Claude, according to information from Vosges Matin. Passionate about speed and wide open spaces, this 58-year-old Vosgien is used to staying in Canada, the local newspaper said. He is also the father of Emilien and Florent Claude, both also biathletes.
Gilles Claude was among a group of eight people on Tuesday at the time of his disappearance. The accident occurred early in the evening at the mouth of a river flowing from Lac Saint-Jean, when the ice gave way under the weight of several machines. This danger zone, where the ice is thinner due to currents, is strongly discouraged by all professionals.
Only three tourists managed to get out of the water. The guide, a 42-year-old Montrealer, died overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday. The other four missing persons are two Alsatians aged 24 and 34 and two Vosges residents aged 24 and 25.
"This podium is for him"
This Thursday, Fabien Claude took 3rd place in the Individual of Pokljuka, counting for the Biathlon World Cup, won by the Norwegian Johannes Boe. The young man dedicated, in tears, the first podium of his career to his father.
"There was a tragic accident in Canada for my father," he explained to L'Equipe. "This podium is for him, I am sure he is proud of us and I am proud of what I have done today. The goal was not necessarily the result, it was to pay a last tribute and do the best possible. ”
💬 Fabien Claude dedicates his 3rd place and the first podium of his career to his father: "I am happy to pay tribute to him this way, this podium is for him" #lequipeBIATHLON pic.twitter.com/GEVEtZEAcM- L'Équipe channel (@lachainelequipe) January 23, 2020
Investigators are still hoping that the five missing French people could find refuge on an island or in a chalet without means of communication. "But the more time passes, the more this situation is unlikely," said a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec, Hugues Beaulieu, on Wednesday.